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O'Brien to Saddle Seven

Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien gave the media more time than usual Thursday morning at Arlington, talking for nearly 20 minutes outside the quarantine barn. O'Brien will saddle seven horses Saturday in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Ivanavinalot Out of Juvenile Fillies; Other Developments

Ivanavinalot, morning-line third choice for Saturday's Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was scratched Thursday morning. Breeders' Cup officials said the daughter of West Acre, trained by Kathleen O'Connell, had developed a fever and been treated with medication.

Post Positions for All Breeders' Cup Races

Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said he believes any one of three or four different horses could be favored for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 26 at Arlington Park. Battaglia made War Emblem the 3-1 favorite in the 12-horse field.

USA Today Deal Provides Lots of Ink for Cup

The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is well-represented in the Oct. 24 edition of USA Today with a four-page preview insert in the sports section that includes five stories, fields for the eight races, and selections by Turf writers and handicappers.

The Mile Draw: Inside Out

Perhaps the most important of the post position draws for the World Thoroughbred Championships is the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Taking into consideration the tight track configuration and a full field of 14 top-quality horses, horsemen like to draw inside to help save ground or gain a forward position

Saint Marden Takes Discovery

Saint Marden went from allowance winner to stakes winner after notching a 1 1/2-length win in Wednesday's Discovery Handicap (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct. Regency Park was second, with No Parole another 1 3/4 lengths back in third. Under jockey Jerry Bailey, the winner completed the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49.13 over a fast track.

Sky Mesa's Connections Happy With Juvenile Post Position Draw

When post positions were drawn Wednesday at Arlington Park for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), the connections of Sky Mesa didn't want to be too far outside or too far inside. After the son of Pulpit was awarded the No. 9 spot, everyone breathed a sigh of relief, according to Donna Ward, who assists her husband, trainer John Ward.

Sellers Finishes Fourth in Return

After a two-year absence, jockey Shane Sellers returned to racing Wednesday when he piloted Marylou Whitney's Global Attraction to a fourth-place finish in the second race, a $50,000 maiden special weight contest, at Keeneland.

Stahl to Retire; Marzelli Named Successor at The Jockey Club

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After almost 20 years of service with The Jockey Club, Hans J. Stahl is retiring as president and chief operating officer at the end of the year. Alan G. Marzelli, who currently serves as the chief financial officer at The Jockey Club, has been named his successor. Marzelli will assume his new duties on Jan. 1, 2003.

Slots Give Delta Purses $12.8M in Less Than a Year

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Slot machines at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., have generated almost $13 million in purse money in less than eight months this year, according to financial records released by the Louisiana State Gaming Control Board.

Springer and War Emblem Together Again...Sort Of

For Bobby Springer, Tuesday was just another cold, windy fall morning at Arlington Park, as he returned from the track on his pony, bundled up in his heavy down jacket. But that will soon change. On Wednesday, his old friend, War Emblem, is expected take up residence two barns away from his home of a year ago.

Churchill Downs' Revenues, Earnings Improve

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Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 totaled $125.6 million, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with $121.2 million for the same period last year.

Grand Slam Colt Tops Final Session of Fasig-Tipton Sale

A Grand Slam colt out of the Lyphard mare Pracer bought a session-high price of $140,000 to top the final day of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The colt, which was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, was purchased by the Fustok family's Buckram Oak Farm.

Arlington 'All-Star Announcers Day' Line-up Set

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Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller, will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Even Jockey Wonders Where 'Rock' Will Roll

With just days to go before the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park, the question of whether Rock Of Gibraltar would compete in the Classic or the NetJets Mile remained unanswered. Even the colt's jockey said he doesn't know.

"In Front:" Marshall Cassidy Returns

Marshall Cassidy, the voice of racing in New York from 1979 to 1990, will return to the announcer's booth, this time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. He will call the races at Turf Paradise beginning Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.

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